Rainforest Butterfly: Flight Prep – Lots of Progress

Great progress has been made on various designs and the size of other pieces:

Pink Flowered Evodia Tree base

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12″of 22 Gauge Green Colored Copper Wire

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The original plan I had in mind to create the pink poofs of flowers for the pink flowered evodia, the preferred tree of the Ulysses Butterfly, was not the best idea for this art installation. Finding a much better yarn immediately brought a great fun design to include in the work. A base of lime green wire crochet with poofy fun yarn is the perfect feel I want to for this piece.

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The fruit for the China Pine are done! YAY!!

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Slowly growing the Spur Mahogany tree and it’s up to 40cm in diameter!

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Working Towards the Young Artists’ Books Fair

Artist in Action! Check out the art books my friend Arthur Huang has been industriously putting together for the Young Artist’s Book Fair.

To see his work in person be sure to stop by:  https://arthurjhuang.wordpress.com/2014/12/10/9th-young-artists-book-fair-tokyo-postcard-ヤングアーティストブックフェアー2015-dm/

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I have spent the better part of the weekend working on the four editions for the Young Artists’ Books Fair starting on Friday this week.  “The Longest Road From Work” is bound and just needs to be packaged for the exhibition.

I used my drill that I bought for the Setouchi Triennale to make 1.5 mm holes in the acrylic sheets.  I then bought the pages for the book and used the drills to make the holes through the sheets of acetate.

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I used monofilament and bound the three volumes and here are the results.

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Next it was off to prepare “The Long Road To The Supermarket” for perfect binding.  I stacked “The Long Road To The Supermarket” and “Interstices and Bicycles” between some large hardcover books.

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I will apply the PVA tomorrow morning before work and then figure out which color to use for the spine cover sometime before…

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Still not a Knitter – Success and Failures in 2014

“Learn to Knit” was on my on 2014 New Year’s Resolution list, staring at me all year long. In 2015 that goal is now a stern glare. Or is that a look of jealousy as I play faithfully each day with my crochet hooks?

The beautiful, wood knitting needles that were given to me have sat in a perfectly sized, zip bag that held my Uniqlo Room Shoes, keeping company with the instruction book, lavender yarn, and a small scarf pattern I’d like to try as a first project.

My self-organized “Learn to Knit” Kit:

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Otherwise, it has a been a very successful year for me. Many of my resolutions have come to fruition; saving money, applying to artist calls, completing various art projects such as the Electric Butterflies installation, and an artist residency.

Some items have been such a spectacular success that I no longer have time to complete others. My dream to create a wire crocheted immersive butterfly garden art installation is finally happening and consumes most every hour of each day. In Mar/Apr I am to be an Artist Residence in Australia to do research on the Rainforest Butterflies and their preferred fauna in Far North Queensland!

Some resolutions came out differently than expected. For the Tokyo Art Book Fair I had originally planned to put together the cookbook I had been working on but then I came up with a completely different idea using a maps and embroidery work. Love the end results but alas, my plans to put together that cookbook has been set aside for now and I have no idea when I might get to it.

Maybe in 2015…

Friday, Jan 9, 2015 – I made my first knitting stitches!! My lovely friend Ellen took pity on me after seeing my knitting fail post in Instagram and thought me how to knit! I can now cast on and do the garter stitch. I’ve already been asked to knit a pair of socks. Maybe in 2016…